The rumors around Nokia's comeback appear to be true now as the Finnish handset maker's Android smartphone, dubbed C1, has been spotted on Chinese social community website Weibo yet again.
The GSM Arena reported that the picture might be considered as a rendered image because several pictures, which were initially treated as original, had turned out to be a hoax.
According to the contract with Microsoft regarding non-compete clause, Nokia cannot re-enter the smartphone market until 2016. Nokia, which once led the global phone business, lost its reign after the popularity of Android and iOS.
Despite releasing several Windows-based smartphones under LUMIA brand, Nokia could not gain back the position and sold the unit to software giant Microsoft.
However, surprisingly Nokia re-appeared in the market with an Android running tablet called N1. The metal clad tablet received decent response in China, but is yet to be released elsewhere in the world for unknown reasons.
Coming back to the C1 leak, Nokia is all set to restart its phone production and is reportedly in talk with Chinese smartphone-tablet maker Foxconn, which manufactures devices for Apple, Xiaomi and InFocus.
The earlier reports had claimed that Nokia is targeting markets in India, China and Europe. As part of the strategy, Nokia will unleash its global marketing campaign and official product sites by the end of the year.
C1 smartphone purportedly features a 5-inch display and is powered by an Intel-made (probably Atom series) chipset and will be backed by 2GB Ram and 32GB storage.
With an 8MP rear sensor and 5MP front camera, Nokia C1 will reportedly run on the latest Android operating system.